Steve Hall is a Titanic researcher, historian, author and adventure novelist. A Honorary member of the British Titanic Society, a foundation member of the Titanic & Steamship Historical Society of Australia and a former trustee of the (TRMA) Titanic Research & Modeling Association (1998 - 2008).

  He has co-authored seven books with Bruce Beveridge; ‘the most writings by a co-author team in the Titanic field to date. The two men also write magazine, and periodical pieces for Titanic groups and Societies around the world.’ They have appeared / contributed to numerous TV documentaries including Rebuilding Titanic (Nat./Geo.), Titanic The Mission (UK Channel 4), Was The Titanic Sank? (Mentorn) and Save The Titanic (Nat./Geo.).

  In Oct. 2012, Blue Star Line Chairman Clive Palmer appointed him as Design Consultant & Historian to the Titanic II project; working alongside Deltamarin Ltd - (Finnish-based naval architecture and engineering firm) and CSC Jinling - CSC Jinling Shipyard (China) to review key design and comparative analysis relevant for the new ship (October 2012 - June 2013).

  Titanic Replica (Sichuan Province, Chengdu, China). Bruce Beveridge (Design Supervisor), Daniel Klistorner (Interior Design Consultant / Fitting Out) and Steve Hall (Historical Advisor / Documentarian, media). The ship will be the centre piece of their Romandisea Theme Park. The Park and Resort is the concept of the Seven Star Energy Investment Group and the Daying Yongle Lake Investment Development Co. Construction will be a full 1:1 rebuild of the original ship and be 882 ft. 9 in overall length and a width of 92 ft. 6 in (May 2017 - present).

Titanic The Ship Magnificent: Vol. 1

Bruce Beveridge, Scott Andrews, Steve Hall, Daniel Klistorner & Art Braunschweiger
Published July 2008           ISBN: 9780750968317

Titanic The Ship Magnificent: Vol. 2

Bruce Beveridge, Scott Andrews, Steve Hall, Daniel Klistorner & Art Braunschweiger
Published July 2008            ISBN: 9780750968324

  Titanic - The Ship Magnificent

   It is Titanic’s close association with her older sister Olympic that brought about the title of this book. Maritime historians will immediately recognize “The Ship Magnificent” as the advertising phrase used for Olympic in White Star Line brochures later in her career. Such catch phrases were created for some of the other great liners as well. Because Titanic’s career was cut short on the morning of April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic on her maiden voyage, she never had the opportunity to carry such a phrase of distinction. Given the fact that these two ships were near-identical twins, Olympic’s catch phrase has been used as the title for this book. Titanic - The Ship Magnificent is a comprehensive book about all aspects of the actual ship itself. It does not delve into accounts of her passengers, nor does it detail the ship’s sinking. Many books have done that well, and in great detail. Since the day Titanic passed into history, people have been writing books about the circumstances surrounding the loss of this great ship. And yet, little has been written about the ship herself - the design, the structural details, interiors, fittings and engineering of what is arguably the most famous ship ever built. While it is true that certain technical journals at the time - most notably The Shipbuilder, The Engineer and Engineering featured articles on Titanic, they only covered the major technical aspects of the ship in detail.

  While Even the dedicated historian is hard-pressed to find anything containing more than a cursory description of the details of Titanic’s design, appearance and fittings, or how she was constructed. For those interested in Titanic’s interiors, little information is detailed in period sources beyond descriptions of the grandest of her public rooms and deluxe staterooms.

  Volume 1 covers the details of her construction, fittings and specific areas by subject matter, beginning with her construction. Volume 2 covers the layout of the ship deck-by-deck. While the book can readily be read cover-to-cover, a reader with a specific interest may also skip a chapter or chapters, going directly to a subject of interest. A comprehensive index will readily guide the reader to a detailed explanation of a term or subject that may be referenced elsewhere in the text, or to assist the reader in returning to a subject later. Featuring over 1,550 drawings, plans, builder’s photographs and other images illustrate the text. Titanic - The Ship Magnificent covers every area of Titanic, from her structural members to her luxurious appointments, all organized by subject matter across 37 individual chapters.
  While much of the information presented in the book is, by necessity, technical in nature, the authors and editor have gone to great lengths to provide clear explanations the authors -

have gone to great lengths to provide clear explanations to the layperson without reducing the information in scope or detail. A glossary of nearly A glossary of nearly 1,000 items is also included to assist the reader with an unfamiliar term that may be encountered. Whether you have a general interest in Titanic or are researching a specific area in detail, Titanic- The Ship Magnificent will reveal Titanic to you as you’ve never never seen before. This book will have equal appeal to Titanic fans, maritime historians, collectors, shipbuilders, engineers, and researchers. Much of the information presented will also be of value to those interested in other ocean liners of the period. For libraries, the book is an outstanding addition to the Reference section; additionally, both volumes are available in a Boxset.

Report Into The Loss Of The S.S. Titanic, A Centennial Reappraisal

Samuel Halpern, Cathy. Akers-Jordan, George Behe, Bruce Beveridge, Mark Chirnside, Tad Fitch,
Dave Gittins, Steve Hall, Lester Mitcham, Charlie Weeks & Bill Wormstedt. Foreword: J. Kent Layton.
Published October 2011           ISBN: 9780752461588

Report Into The Loss Of The S.S. Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal

   What began as a collaborative undertaking by a group of researchers from all parts of the world in 2010 has culminated into this book. The book is the result of many years spent researching, evaluating and analyzing the wealth of evidence that has come to light in the hundred years since 1912.

  No individual historian can possibly be an expert on every aspect of his chosen topic, and - as a result - historical errors have a way of creeping into written histories covering most historical subjects. This has been especially true in the case of the Titanic disaster - a subject that has seen a century's worth of historical errors, misconceptions and outright deceptions gradually become an accepted part of the historical record. Indeed, such errors first began making their appearance during the official Titanic inquiries in 1912, when the vast body of testimony - and a lack of sufficient time to digest or analyze that testimony - resulted in a number of erroneous conclusions being made.

  The present book is a radical departure from that early tradition, since it has been written by a coalition of experts who have spent many years digesting the original inquiry testimony as well as evaluating a bounty of additional evidence that has come to light in the hundred years since 1912. Each of the book's co-authors is a recognized specialist in their chosen area of study, and each chapter has been exhaustively researched, analyzed and referenced utilizing the very best evidence that is currently available. Also available as an E-book.

  The book describes and quantifies the sinking of Titanic as it actually happened, and it authoritatively disproves a number of long-standing myths about the disaster that have taken root over the past ten decades. The book is extensively referenced with 830 separate endnotes, 127 photos and illustrations, as well as numerous tables. The 10 appendices contain a wealth of information including the name of every crewmember by department who was on board by passenger class. Listen to an interview with Sam Halpern on New Zealand radio. Book lecture by Sam Halpern.

Titanic Or Olympic

Steve Hall, Bruce Beveridge & Art Braunschweiger. Foreword: Mark Chirnside.
Published February 2012           ISBN: 9780752461588

Titanic Or Olympic: Which Ship Sank ?

   "Conspiracies suggest deception and intrigue, and none is quite as intriguing as the idea that the White Star Line pulled off such a massive cover-up. However, dismissing such a claim out of hand is not enough. It requires rigorous analysis by researchers who have the relevant expertise and objectivity to assess it. It demands examination of the all the claims put forward point by point, by looking at the evidence and seeing whether it supports them. Moreover, it demands that the evidence be presented in such a way that the non-technical layperson can assess it for himself.
   If such a theory is absurd, then why is it necessary to examine it in such detail? Might not a conspiracy theorist simply dismiss such a critical analysis in any case? Perhaps so, but a detailed analysis also provides a service to the intelligent layman by pointing to the specific problems with the theory. There is much to be said for ignoring it – few would debate seriously with the argument that the earth is flat – but any theory should be assessed objectively by examining whether there is any evidential basis for it. While this volume looks for flaws in the conspiracy theory, it also provides a lot of historical information. It documents the hundreds of differences between Olympic and Titanic, all of which must be considered in answering the question ‘could it have really happened?'
   When someone puts forward an idea or theory, then it is incumbent on them to prove it. There will always be people who believe what they want to believe, rather than what can be demonstrated to have happened, but that is their choice. Herein lie the facts – decide for yourself.The theory is far-fetched, and yet – is it possible?"

The above is an extract from Mark Chirnside's 'Foreword' for this book.

   "Perhaps the best proof that a switch did not happen lies in the argument used by the conspiracy theorists - that it was done to cash in on an insurance claim. That in itself makes the theory illogical, because the fact remains that Titanic was seriously underinsured once fully furnished and fitted out. Both ships, in fact, were insured for considerably less than their build costs. Each vessel, fully equipped, cost £1,500,000.

   At the time of the accident the vessel carried insurance of £1,000,000, with the remaining risk being carried by the company’s insurance fund. There simply was no profit in sinking Titanic on purpose, and even if there were, an elaborate switch scheme would have been unnecessary. One man, one box of matches and a drum of lamp oil is all that would have been needed. Imagine this scenario: on 30 February 1912, while en route to Belfast for replacement of a propeller blade with a limited crew aboard, Olympic catches fire. Uncontained, the fire becomes a raging inferno fuelled by the vast amounts of furniture and joinery aboard. The crew is forced to abandon ship - this time with no loss of life, as there are plenty of lifeboats to go around. The fire burns for several days unabated, totally gutting the ship. The hulk is then towed back to Belfast and later declared a total write-off. The newspaper headlines read ‘Olympic lost to fire; investigation underway to determine cause’. The insurance companies pay out and the hulk is scrapped. End of story. But as we have learned, even this scenario is untenable, as the ships were vastly uninsured."

Titanic In Photographs

Daniel Klistorner, Steve Hall, Bruce Beveridge,
Art Braunschweiger & Scott Andrews. Foreword Ken Marschall.
Published March 2012           ISBN: 9780752461588

Titanic In Photographs

   Titanic In Photographs brings together many little-known and unpublished photographs. This hardcover, coffee-table size book focus's principally on Titanic’s photographic record; comprehensive accompanying text for each individual image and colour section. Through a chronological sequence, the book follows the ships construction, launch, outfitting, trials and departure from Queenstown. The book is 10in x 10in in size (25cm x 25cm), hardcover, and totals 176 ages (including a 16 page colour section) using 298 black-an-white photographs, some printed across two pages. The authors have source'd original prints or scans from original glass-plate negatives for many of the images, which means that many appear in this book  in a higher resolution than had ever been seen in print; some have never been seen before. 

  Extract from books Introduction: "Images have the power to captivate us, to thrill us and to freeze a moment in time and, on occasion, allow us to experience it as if we were there. There is an image of Titanic on her sea trials: a thick wreath of smoke is seen emanating from one of her tugs, blowing across Titanic’s stern as the tug strains to lead the leviathan -

into the open waters of Belfast Lough. Little imagination is required to feel the pride and the anticipation of the day as ship and crew head out to put the largest and newest passenger liner through her paces.

  Titanic continues to generate interest and no other ship in history has ever commanded such attention. Yet comparatively few photos were ever taken of her and today all we have is a partial record of black and white photographs taken by a few individuals lucky enough to have captured images of the ship that would later become so famous. We owe much of our knowledge of Titanic’s construction to the visual record compiled by a small group of photographers operating at Harland & Wolff. Foremost among these is Robert John Welch, the official Harland & Wolff photographer at the time. His initials can be seen on many glass-plate photographs of Titanic. Welch often had James Glass working alongside him, and some photographs were taken by Glass himself."

Olympic Titanic: The Truth Behind The Conspiracy

Steve Hall & Bruce Beveridge
Published Sept. 2004           ISBN: 0741419491

Olympic & Titanic: The Truth Behind The Conspiracy

   This Until 1985, the wreck of the Titanic was a much sought after prize many considered equal to the quest for Holy Grail. Over 300 books had been published covering the disaster from every conceivable angle. In the years following the discovery of the wreck, an estimated 170 new books were published, generally re-telling the same old story, albeit with a wealth of new technical data and photographs acquired during the numerous return expeditions to the wreck site.

   On September 20 1911, the Titanic's older sister Olympic, sailed from Southampton England. Within the hour a collision occurred, allegedly compromising the liners structural integrity. Did the Olympic suffer from damage that was so severe that she was not worth repairing? Did the White Star Line switch the Olympic with her near identical sister Titanic in a ruse to intentionally sink their mortally damaged flagship on April 15th 1912 in order to cash in on the insurance policy?

   The theory holds that severe, crippling damage to the Olympic caused by her collision with the H.M.S. Hawke was concealed because she was too costly to repair. The White Star Line was unable to recover the cost of repairs from the Admiralty as the judgment of the court ordered that both party’s pay there own damages. With a considerable loss in revenue, compiled with an insurance deductible of some $750,000, White Star switched the Olympic with her almost identical sister, Titanic !

   Olympic & Titanic: The Truth Behind The Conspiracy explores the switch theory, addresses evidence and gives the final answer to the intriguing question of which ship actually lies on the bottom of the North Atlantic today. Inaccurate stories are not new.Which ship rests at the bottom of the Nth Atlantic ? This book takes a critical look at the theory and goes into amazing detail identifying the hundreds of minor subtle differences between the two ships. While answering many long-standing questions, the wreck has presented us with questions never considered prior to her discovery. Thus the switch theory, the most publicized conspiracy, was born. Simply put, the switch theory suggests that the wreck lying over 12,000 feet below the surface IS NOT the Titanic.

   This theory, however, does not address how the White Star Line could successfully and secretly switch these two huge ships despite the presence of thousands of Harland & Wolff employees and, as with most conspiracies, does not hold up well to technical scrutiny. There is no question that the wreck an only be one of two ships; either it is the Titanic or her nearly identical sister, the Olympic. Over the course of time, theory and fact have a way of becoming intertwined. It is the intent of this book to examine this switch theory and some of the mysteries surrounding the Titanic and her sister, the Olympic. The ship today laying more than 12,000 feet below the icy waters of the North Atlantic is nothing more than a crumpled and dismembered steel hulk; but is it the Titanic?

Titanic: Solving The Mysteries

Mark Chirnside, Tad Fitch, Ioannis Georgiou, Steve Hall, Sam Halpern, J. Kent Layton & Bill Wormstedt
Published Nov.2019           ISBN: 9780464619345

Titanic: Solving The Mysteries

   "The sinking of the RMS Titanic on 15 April 1912 is one of the best-remembered, and most-scrutinized moments of the Twentieth century. Yet ever since the disaster, there have been lingering mysteries, questions that seemed utterly impossible to answer.
   In recent years, a string of allegations have also been made to the effect that Titanic was suffering from a fire in one of her coal-bunkers during the maiden voyage. Televised programmes, media broadcasts, and even a new book would have the public believe that the Titanic was all but a blazing inferno before she even struck the iceberg, and that it was the fire that actually doomed the ship.
   Then there is the question of the time difference between the ship's time and time on shore on the night of the disaster - a complex navigational mystery that has a direct bearing on understanding key aspects of how the events play out on that fateful night."
   Recently, old claims the Titanic was due to, in whole or in part, to a coal bunker fire have been combined with claims that the ship was built an operated 'on the cheap', and was thus all but doomed before even she left the White Star Dock.
   Another mystery that has surrounded the maiden voyage has to do with how much time separated the liner's shipboard clocks from the time ashore when she went down. Each -

inquiry arrived at a different conclusion on the subject, and in recent years revisionists enthusiasts have tried to use this confusion to literally re-write history.

  Our team originally released two online papers, "Titanic Fire & Ice (Or what you will)", and "Time And Again: Titanic's Final Hours" to delve into these two extraordinarily complex matters. Now revised, expanded, and made available in print format for the first time, this volume tries to answer questions that have lingered for over a century.

- Titanic Books For The Younger Reader -

Titanic 101. The Great Infographic History

Author Steve Hall - Illustrated by Katie Beard.
Published Sept. 2016           ISBN: 9780752497747

Titanic 101: The Great Infographic History

   Description: How many rivets did it take to built the Titanic? How many millionaires were on board, and how many enjoyed their own private bathrooms? How many women, men, children and dogs survived the sinking compared to how many embarked? Learn all this and far, far more in this quirky, captivating book; perfect for the younger reader who wants to learn about  Titanic.

   Learn so much in this quirky, and captivating book for the younger enthusiast. Perfect for anyone who wants to know to know something about Titanic without getting bogged down in lengthy analysis, here renowned Titanic expert Steve Hall pulls together the important and the fascinating to the quite frankly bizarre. Stats and facts are innovatively designed with cutting-edge infographics to display information in the most engaging way possible. This would make a perfect addition to anyone’s bookshelf.

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   "But the story of this magnificent ship isn’t just necessarily about how many rivets were used in the construction nor how many propellers drove the ship. It is about those that built the ship, the crew and passengers that sailed on her and the rich tapestry of liner travel during the height of the Edwardian era. Those on board were representative of the many different classes travelling beyond Queenstown to New York. For most travelling third class, their decision to immigrate was principally driven by the desire and hopefulness of a better life."

RMS Titanic Colouring Book

Steve Hall & Bruce Beveridge. Drawings by Lucy Hester.
Published Dec. 2016           ISBN: 9780750978507

RMS Titanic Colouring book

The story of RMS Titanic resonates all around the world, the vessel immortalised on stage, screen and in print. This collection of drawings does not dwell on the tragedy that befell this magnificent ship, but rather seeks to showcase her great beauty, representing the pinnacle of a grand era of style and innovation, with Steve Hall and Bruce Beveridge providing insight and commentary. Colouring these scenes of Titanic’s hope-filled early days at sea, sumptuous interiors and grand promenades will breathe life into a bygone age of luxury, opulence and transatlantic adventure.

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Bruce Beveridge & Steve Hall
Published April 2022           ISBN: 9780464619345

Dan Wilton: Escape From Yesterday

Dan Wilton - Escape From Yesterday
Published Nov., 2021           ISBN: 80752456254

Dan Wilton: Escape From Yesterday

- Articles - Apps - Exhibitions -

Titanic: Her Journey.

Titanic Her Journey App.

Consultant Author's: Steve Hall & Bruce Beveridge.

  Titanic: Her Journey collates the knowledge of the knowledge of the world’s foremost Titanic experts in the most interactive way to date. From her construction in the docks of Belfast to the stories of those on board, Titanic: Her Journey details every aspect of the ship’s legacy. Features include: Detailed deck plans that can be expanded and explored, Rare archive footage, archive photographs of the ships construction, launch, fitting out, interiors and her maiden voyage. Narrated survivor accounts and historical detail. Information on the ship’s crossing, the disaster and the aftermath of the tragedy, biographies of the ship’s key figures, a sinking timeline and survivor accounts that vividly retell what happened as the ship sank and a unique insights into the build and design of the vessel. View preview here.

  TTSM LE. A 2012 Special Limited-Release Edition of this two-volume set, bound in leather and in its own slipcase. Only 250 copies will be printed and are certain to become collector’s items. This leatherbound special edition is a must-have item. The Limited Edition features: Bookplates individually numbered and hand-signed by all five authors, genuine leather bindings and a black slipcase with gold letters, gilt-edged pages, head and tail bands, a ribbon marker and black endpapers.

Limited Edition

TTSM Limited Edition

Released to commemorate the 100th centenary.

  Titanic in Photographs - The Exhibition Have you ever looked at a photograph and wished you could bring it to life, or closed your eyes and imagined what it would be like to be there? So much of what has been written about Titanic focuses on the tragedy and the sinking. However, I was fascinated by the life of the ship; what was it like to be on board, to walk her decks, experience the luxury of 1st class, or be among the 3rd class passengers and the mixed emotions of leaving a life behind and embarking on a voyage for a new beginning.

The Exhibition Complimented The Book Titanic In Photographs
Exhibition is now: Titanic - Artefacts & Images From A Legend

  Who hasn’t stared at the photos for hours, imagining they could hold the hand-rail as they descended the Grand Staircase and look up at the gilt & crystal chandeliers. In the Café Parisien or the Verandah Café, perhaps order a coffee; a waiter would bring it to the table, pouring from a silver pot. In the Dining Room, seated at a table, set for dinner with the distinctive White Star Line china, beautiful silverware and sparkling crystal glassware.

  Our fascination with the story of Titanic, whatever the perspective that appeals to each individual, drives some of us to collect artifacts and memorabilia, thus preserving the memory of a bygone era and providing a glimpse into what it was like to travel at the time. White Star Memories have done just that and after decades of painstaking work, have amassed one of the world’s finest Titanic & White Star Line collections.

  By combining the black & white photographs that I have yearned to bring to life and White Star Memories’ stunning archive of paneling, furniture,

Exhibition On The Queen Mary
Finished July 7th, 2018.

Titanic Channel filming an episodes on the exhibition

The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.

crockery and silverware, now you can step back in time and experience the ship coming to life before your very eyes. Admire the sheer beauty of a cut crystal chandelier that once hung in the 1st class Grand Staircase, a luxurious chair from the à la carte restaurant, plus so much more. Of course, there are more poignant artifacts, which bring home the depth of the tragedy, which had a profound effect on countless lives. The ‘Titanic in Photographs’ exhibition means you no longer need to close your eyes to imagine what it would be like to be there. White Star Memories have masterfully captured the experience of being drawn into a photograph, perhaps even one that we’ve seen many times before, but now we can see it anew, as it comes to life through the artifacts that they have lovingly preserved for future generations to study and enjoy. Note: Photos White Star Memmories.

Elevated view (drone) August 2017.
The cranes are on the portside of the build.

  Titanic rebuild in China. "The ship will be the centre piece of their Romandisea Theme Park in Sichuan Province, China. The Park and Resort is the concept of the Seven Star Energy Investment Group and the Daying Yongle Lake Investment Development Co. The construction will be a full 1:1 rebuild of the original ship and be 882 ft. 9 in in overall length and a width of 92 ft. 6 in.

  Passenger areas recreated will feature the grandeur of the ships grand staircase, the 1st class dining saloon, B deck parlor suites, examples of a 2nd class and 3rd class cabins as well as Turkish Baths and gymnasium. Also featured for visitors to experience will include accurate recreations of the Titanic’s Wheelhouse, Navigation Bridge, Chart Room, an officer’s cabin, the Marconi wireless room, and even the ships engines and No. 1 Boiler room.The ship will not have the traditional sheer, meaning the decks will be parallel with the waterline. To help give the appearance of sheer, a number of visual effects will be undertaken to provide an optical -

Looking at the underside of the hull, the turn of the bilge can
be clearly seen when viewed from the floor of the dock.

Ivan Li, Bruce Beveridge and Matthew Xu
Note the 'Titanic The Ship Magnificent' volumes on the table.

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Looking forward towards the forepeak from E Deck.

illusion. Much debate occurred over what had to be changed with the exterior appearance of Titanic 2 so as to make her look closer to that of the original Titanic (raising funnel and mast heights, and shifting the leading edges of superstructure decks). Among the visual effects to give the appearance of sheer were modifications to the sheer strakes of the bow and stern and their interaction with the sheerless midsection.

  There were many compromises which had to be made. The biggest roadblock to historical accuracy were the Chinese marine fire codes, and the Chinese requirements for lifesaving. CSIC is building Titanic 2 to cruise ship specifications and therefor the Chinese version of SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea). Hong Kong is a signatory member state of SOLAS, but mainland China is another issue that is beyond the scope of this article." Note: Text extracts and photos taken from both the 2017 and 2019 article's done for Swiss Titanic Society by Beveridge & Hall.